This paper was prepared for a conference organized by the University of Michigan and the Centre for Social Studies, Kolkata, and held at the Centre in March 2010, around the theme of ‘Contesting the Indian City: State, Space and Citizenship in the Global Era’. The paper, concerned specifically with contestation over the governance of Indian cities, shows that the stated intentions of the Government of India with regard to the democratization of urban governance through decentralization have not yet been realized. They are in any case opposed, in effect, by the way in which the accountability of city governments has been compromised by other innovations that are sanctioned by the current ‘governance’ agenda.
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Harriss, John, ‘Participation’ and Contestation in the Governance of Indian Cities, Simons Papers in Security and Development, No. 3/2010, School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, May 2010.
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